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The Human and Economic Toll of North Carolina’s H.B. 2

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  • Finn’s story shows the devastating emotional and psychological impact these laws can have on transgender people.
  • The economic impact of discrimination as underscored by harmful legislation such as H.B. 2 is yet another reason why LGBT people need to be fully included in U.S. communities. Everyone deserves fair treatment under the law.
  • Part 1: The Human Toll of North Carolina’s H.B. 2
  • Part 2: North Carolina’s Discriminatory H.B. 2 Threatens More Than Half Billion Dollars in Economic Activity.
  • Related: Loretta Lynch just delivered an epic, must-watch speech that'll go down in history. 

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: The Human Toll of North Carolina’s H.B. 2

Finn’s story shows the devastating emotional and psychological impact these laws can have on transgender people.

Andrew Satter and Sarah McBride, Center for American Progress

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Finn%20Tells%20His%20Story.jpgMay 5, 2016 | North Carolina’s controversial law H.B. 2 forces transgender people to use the bathroom of the sex listed on their birth certificate in public buildings. But Finn’s story shows the devastating emotional and psychological impact these laws can have on transgender people. Watch Finn's story.

Andrew Satter is the Director of Video at American Progress and Sarah McBride is the Campaigns and Communications Manager for LGBT Progress at American Progress.

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Part 2: North Carolina’s Discriminatory H.B. 2 Threatens More Than Half Billion Dollars in Economic Activity.

The economic impact of discrimination as underscored by harmful legislation such as H.B. 2 is yet another reason why LGBT people need to be fully included in U.S. communities. Everyone deserves fair treatment under the law.

Shabab Ahmed Mirza, Sarah McBride, Laura E. Durso, Center for American Progress

https://cdn.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/12135156/NCeconomicImpact-sharable-04.13.16-620x620.pngWednesday, April 13, 2016 | In March, the North Carolina Legislature went into special session and passed House Bill 2 in a single day. This legislation targets lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, people for discrimination. Within hours of the bill’s passage, Gov. Patrick “Pat” McCrory (R) signed it into law, giving North Carolina the dubious distinction of enacting what some are calling the most anti-LGBT legislation ever passed.

H.B. 2 was introduced in response to the city of Charlotte’s passage of an LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance, following the lead of roughly 200 other localities across the country. Specifically, H.B. 2 rescinds LGBT nondiscrimination protections passed by Charlotte and several other North Carolina cities, bans them from passing future protections, and requires all government facilities in the state, including schools, to bar transgender people from using restrooms in accordance with their gender identities.

Shabab Ahmed Mirza is a Research Assistant for the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress. Sarah McBride is the project’s Campaigns and Communications Manager,  and Laura E. Durso is its Senior Director.

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Loretta Lynch just delivered an epic, must-watch speech that'll go down in history, Parker Molloy, Upworthy

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  • It's easy to feel hopeful when the federal government, of all things, can move you to tears in the name of justice.
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The Journalist and the Bishops: CNS Editor Fired For Tweeting Opposition to LGBT Discrimination

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Spence’s firing, and the lack of respect for both freedom of the press and individual conscience it reflects, shows just how transactional the bishops’ relationship with fundamental American freedoms really is.

Patricia Miller, Religion Dispatches

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http://religiondispatches.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/bishopsspence.jpgApril 21, 2016 | If anyone needed more evidence of just how cynical the U.S. Catholic bishops’ manipulation of the principle of “religious freedom” is, look no further than last week’s dismissal of Tony Spence, the editor in chief of Catholic News Service, for tweeting his opposition to bills that would codify LGBT discrimination.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops built its “religious liberty” campaign, which was largely responsible for creating the broad, corrupted definition of religious liberty that has resulted in a wave of anti-LGBT bills across the country, around the idea that religious liberty is the “first, most cherished liberty”and that to deny it is a violation of core American values.

Patricia Miller, is a Washington, DC–based journalist and the author of Good Catholics: The Battle Over Abortion in the Catholic Church. Her work the intersection of politics, sex and religion has appeared in The Atlantic, Salon, The Nation, Huffington Post, RH Reality Check and Ms. Magazine.

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Let’s Stop Referring to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault as ‘Women’s Issues’

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  • We all benefit when responsible men stand in their communities as shining examples of healthy and respectful masculinity.
  • Related: “Dear Kim. Please stop using the term ’empowerment’ when you really mean ‘marketing’.” 

Linda A. Seabrook and Quentin Walcott, Huffington Post

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04/28/2016 | From reproductive rights to paid family leave to sexual and domestic violence, our society neatly categorizes issues where women bear the brunt of the burden as “women’s issues,” turning them into problems for women and women’s rights advocates alone to solve. But this framing couldn’t be more wrong, and only serves to reinforce the practice of victim blaming that is so pervasive in our society.

As we close another Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we can’t help but wonder — where are the voices of the men? Yes, women are overwhelmingly victims of domestic violence, but men are overwhelmingly perpetrators. It comes down to male behavior and conditioning, so preventing and addressing violence requires men to be engaged in this issue, and take action as well. And breaking the cycle of violence starts with addressing how boys are conditioned to model “male” behavior and attitudes.

Linda A. Seabrook, General Counsel, Futures Without Violence
Quentin Walcott, Co-Executive Director, CONNECT-NYC

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That’s not empowerment. That’s two, very privileged, mean girls in a bathroom taking pictures of themselves and giving the world the finger.

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Why are Minnesota lawmakers suddenly so interested in who uses which bathroom?

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  • Along with “religious liberty” statutes, transgender bathroom laws have become the next front in the culture wars. But where did these laws come from, and why are they cropping up now?
  • Related: How Our Complacency Led Mississippi to Pass An Anti-LGBT Hate Law on Steroids

Sam Brodey, MinnPost

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04/18/16 | The past week at the Minnesota legislature, lawmaking business got overshadowed by a controversial hearing: last Tuesday’s showdown over the proposed law to prohibit transgender individuals from using the bathroom that corresponds to their preferred gender, not their gender at birth.

The scene that unfolded in St. Paul is hardly unique to Minnesota: since 2013, at least 29 states have considered some type of law seeking to define how bathrooms and other public facilities may be used by the sexes.

Sam Brodey is MinnPost's Washington correspondent.

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Hopefully we’re (LGBT citizens and activists) realizing — and the seemingly misdirected LGBT leadership is realizing — that those opposed to LGBT equality will not stop, (that they) will come up with ever more ugly and successful campaigns — like “bathroom panic“ — to strip us of our rights. Because, after them, our biggest enemy is our own complacency.

 

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